Menotti Writes Off Super Eagles Against Argentina

Argentina 1978 World Cup winning coach, César Luis Menotti, has said that Argentina are assured of three points in their 2018 World Cup clash against Super Eagles on June 26. Both countries have met four times in the group stage of previous editions of the World Cup, and it has been a close affair with the South Americans winning by a single goal-margin each time. ‘’ ’The group is satisfactory, we are better than in the 78 World Cup that we had Italy, Hungary and France,’’ Menotti said in an…

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Ezenwa Dumps Ifeanyi Ubah FC

Super Eagles goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa has dumped FC Ifeanyi Uba of Nnewi for another Nigerian club side. He has yet to disclose the new club. Ezenwa told the Newsmen in Abuja on Monday that he took the decision “after making some consultations and putting considerations in place.’’ He said that his new club would be made known soon in grand style. “The new club will be unveiled very soon in an occasion that I will sign a new jersey. “Although my contract with FC Ifeanyi Ifeanyi Uba is over but…

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Nigeria Drops Nine Places In Latest FIFA Ranking

The Super Eagles of Nigeria dropped nine places to 50th position on the latest FIFA ranking despite defeating Argentina 4-2 in a recent friendly. Nigeria, which were ranked 41st in the world and 5th in Africa last month, are now 8th on the continent. The Eagles’ drop comes after they drew 1-1 with Algeria in their final group game of the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign and defeated Argentina 4-2 in an international friendly in Krasnodar, Russia. Senegal rose to their highest ever position on the ranking to berth at 23rd globally…

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Aiyegbeni Retires From Professional Football

Former Super Eagles forward Yakubu Aiyegbeni who played mostly in England and made name with Portsmouth and Everton FC has retired from professional football on his 35th birthday. Aiyegbeni, who also played for Middlesbrough and Blackburn Rovers, made 250 Premier League appearances and scored 96 goals in a career spanning 20 years. He however also featured three times for fourth-tier side Coventry City this year before being released. “I will like to officially announce my retirement from professional football today,” Aiyegbeni said on Wednesday. The powerful striker scored 21 goals…

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2018 World Cup: NFF To Pay $2.4 Million As Players’ Bonus

The Nigeria Football Federation will pay players and officials a total of $2.4m as a bonus for securing qualification for the World Cup in Russia, a spokesman said Wednesday. “The NFF have agreed to give the team $2.4m out of the $8 million we are expecting from FIFA,” said Ademola Olajire. The NFF have also agreed other payments and benefits to the team to avoid a pay row that marred Nigeria’s participation at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Next year’s World Cup will be Nigeria’s sixth appearance at the…

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World Cup Draw Halts Super Eagles Friendly

The Nigeria Football Federation has halted talks with the European and South American football associations seeking to play warm-up matches with the Super Eagles to prepare their teams ahead of next year’s World Cup in Russia. World Cup-bound England, Serbia and Peru are among the Russia 2018 teams reportedly interested in playing Nigeria. The magazine learnt that the NFF had been locked in talks with some  of the countries as  they seek more quality friendly games for the Eagles after the Argentina fixture, which Nigeria won  4-2 in Krasnodar, Russia,…

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Onigbinde Says Super Eagles Team Not Yet Complete

Former Nigeria coach, Adegboye Onigbinde, has said the Super Eagles  are not yet a complete team despite beating South American giants   Argentina 4-2 in a friendly match in Krasnodar, Russia, on Tuesday. However, Onigbinde, who spoke with our correspondent on the telephone on Wednesday, believed the Eagles, who have qualified  for the Russia 2018 World Cup,  could win the tournament if the right things were done. The veteran coach  advised Nigeria  coach Gernot Rohr to  work on his  goalkeeping department to be ready for the World Cup.  “The Eagles have…

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Sampaoli Attacked By Fans

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli came under fierce attack  after La Albiceleste’s stunning  4-2 defeat by Nigeria in their friendly match in Krasnodar, Russia, on Tuesday. The Super Eagles recovered from  2-0 down to beat the Lionel Messi-less South American powerhouse after they  ran riot  in the second half at the Krasnodar Stadium. And Argentina fans, whose team had beaten Nigeria four times in a competitive affair  and once in a friendly encounter, had expected a whitewash. But goals from Kelechi Iheanacho, Brian Idowu and Alex Iwobi’s brace downplayed Ever Banega’s…

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Messi Lands In Russia For Super Eagles

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has landed in the Russian capital Moscow, ahead of Argentina’s international matches against the 2018 World Cup hosts and three-time African champs Nigeria. The Argentina Football Association has posted via Twitter a 45-second video of the Argentina skipper disembarking from a bus and he was accompanied by teammate Javier Mascherano. Argentine-based newspapers Ole and Clarin have reiterated that Messi will skip the friendly against the Super Eagles, but will feature against the Russians this Saturday. Messi had played the Super Eagles on three occasions. First, was…

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Super Eagles Camp In Top Gear

The Super Eagles yesterday in Rabat, Morocco began preparation for Friday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Algeria which is scheduled for Constantine. Super Eagles Meanwhile, Coach Gernot Rohr has replaced injured midfielder Ogenyi Onazi with defender Kenneth Omeruo, while Girona FC of Spain forward Olanrewaju Kayode takes the place of Moses Simon, who is also knocked out by injury. All the technical crew and backroom staff arrived in Rabat on Sunday, alongside four players: Ahmed Musa, Wilfred Ndidi, Mikel Agu and goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa. On Monday, Oghenekaro Etebo, Alex…

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Nigeria/Argentina Friendly: Sampaoli Says Eagles Will Be Tough

Coach of Argentina Jorge Sampaoli has revealed the reason why the Super Eagles of Nigeria will give them a stern test in next month friendly game which will take place in Russia. The game will serve as part of the preparations for both teams ahead of the World Cup 2018 in Russia, after both of them secured their spot with convincing wins in games where they need a win to progress. Argentina will play their first warm up game against Russia before taking on Nigeria four days later, and Sampaoli…

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No Automatic Shirt For Eyeanma – Gernot Rohr

Coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria Gernot Rohr has taken out time to explain how the battle for the first choice spot of the Super Eagles will be like following the impending return of former goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama. Enyeama is set to return to the team after talks with Rohr ended on a positive note on the goalkeeper ending his exile from the team after a row with former coach Sunday Oliseh. His return has divided opinions with many soccer lovers in Nigeria due to the fine form of…

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Rohr Says Eagles Still Needs Ahmed Musa

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has revealed why striker Musa Ahmed continue to keep his spot on the team despite not playing first team football with Leicester City.  There have been suggestions of favouritism for the player, but Rohr explained that Musa earned his place because of his positive attitude. “For your information, Ahmed Musa is playing with the second team regularly and he is playing very well. Not in the third team but the second one. He played also in the Cup game and his influence in the team…

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Pinnick Wants Super Eagles To Be Calm And Clinical

The President, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has urged the Super Eagles to be calm but clinical in Saturday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against the Chipolopolo of Zambia. Pinnick, who gave the advise in a statement by NFF’s Spokesperson, Ademola Olajire on Thursday in Abuja, said the tendency was for teams to get uptight and tensed for this kind of match. “I have spoken to them that the approach should be to take full control from the beginning and take the chances that come without being too anxious.…

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Gov. Udom Redeems $50,000 Pledge To Super Eagles

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Emmanuel Udom, has redeemed his pledge of 10,000 dollars per goal for the matches against Cameroon to the Super Eagles. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) made the disclosure on Thursday in Abuja. NAN reports that Gov. Udom had promised the players 10,000 dollars for every goal, two days before their clash with the reigning African champions, whom the Super Eagles walloped 4-0 in Uyo on Sept.1. They went on to earn a 1-1 draw with the Lions in Yaounde on Sept. 4. “Gov. Udom has redeemed…

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Yusuf Sure Of Victory Against Zambia

Super Eagles Assistant Coach, Salisu Yusuf, on Thursday said the players were in good mood and ready to conquer Zambia on Saturday in their World Cup qualifying match. Yusuf said that the Super Eagles were mentally and physically fit to overcome the Chipopolo of Zambia in Uyo. The coach said that he had absolute confidence in not just his players but their management because they were on top of the cracker between the two countries. “The Super Eagles are in a very positive mood for the game against Zambia on…

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Super Eagles Battle Ready For Zambia

Super Eagles defender, Ogenyi Onazi has said the players were determined to play Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Zambia with their body, soul and spirit to ensure they pick the three points that will qualify them for Russia 2018. Onazi exuded confidence that the Coach Gernot Rohr-tinkered Eagles side will become the first African nation to book their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with one game to spare. The Super Eagles assistant skipper told the Nigerian Federation website that : ‘’’We will give all it takes as far…

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World Cup Qualifier: Rohr Calls Up Mikel, Ighalo, Onazi, 20 Others

Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, has called up 23 players for the all-important 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against the Chipolopolo of Zambia in Uyo on Oct. 7. A statement from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Tuesday in Abuja listed team skipper Mikel Obi among the call-ups. China-based forward Odion Ighalo and England-based Victor Moses, who were prominent in the team against Cameroon earlier this month, retained their places. South Africa-based Daniel Akpeyi and Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi are however returning to the team after injury knocked them out…

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Nyirenda Fires Up Team Ahead Uyo Cracker

Zambia manager  Wedson Nyirenda   has told his troops   that   they  have the quality to beat the Super Eagles  in their Group B  Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier in Uyo  on October 7 and  boost their chances of qualifying for the   biggest football tournament for the first time. But  Nyirenda   says Chipolopolo will have  to work their socks off  to realise the dream of reaching  the Russia 2018 finals. Nigeria  lead Group B on  10 points while Zambia, who were beaten 2-1 at home by the Eagles last year,   are second …

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I Don’t Pick Games As Speculated – Victor Moses

Chelsea star Victor Moses has dismissed suggestions he picks and chooses the games he plays for Nigeria, insisting he always wants to be fit before appearing for his country, AFP reports. Moses, 26, made his Nigeria debut in 2012 when he changed his international allegiance after representing England at various age-grade levels. He has since won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations for Nigeria and featured at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Moses played a key role in the draw and victory in back-to-back matches over Cameroon this month…

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